in|discussion - Public lecture series 2011


29th March 2011

Colin Graham ‘Motionless Monotony’: New Nowheres in Irish Photography
4pm Friday, 1 April
Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing
Dublin Institute of Technology, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

Colin Graham lectures in English at NUI Maynooth. He is the author of Ideologies of Epic and Deconstructing Ireland, and co-editor of The Irish Review. He has written on art and photography in many journals, including Third Text, Cultural Studies, Journal of Visual Culture in Britain, Source and Circa.

This lecture will trace a journey in and around Dublin, and then in to the midlands of Ireland, following photographers and artists who have recently travelled in and catalogued new Irish nowheres. Their work can be seen as akin in the methodology to the ‘psychogeographic’ walking and writings of Iain Sinclair, with the intention ‘to vandalise dormant energies by an act of ambulant signmaking’.

This fascination with dead space inhabited by living people will be discussed in recent projects by Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly (Moving Dublin), Mark Curran (Southern Cross), Dara McGrath (By the Way), Simon Burch (Under a Grey Sky), Martin Cregg (Midlands) and Jackie Nickerson (Ten Miles Round). The lecture will discuss the ways in which these photographic projects seek out the traces and marks of human activity, even when it is part of the eradication of the landscape, and find these traces to be the faint marks of presence.

All are welcome to this free event.

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  • Fintan Cullen February;
  • Aoife Monks February;
  • Colin Graham April;
  • Brian O’Connor May;
  • Jean Fisher September;
  • Jane Pavitt October;
  • Mieke Bal November

Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing,
Dublin Institute of Technology, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

All are welcome to these free public events.

This public lecture series is a forum to discuss contemporary issues and current research in typography, art, design, material culture, critical theory, pedagogy, philosophy, society and technology. The series marks the launch of the BA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of Art Design and Printing DIT:

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